Clinards & Cemeteries, 1700s in Abbotts Creek, N.C.

I had been told by a North Carolina Clinard cousin Rick Russell that many of our early Clinards were buried in the Abbotts Creek neighborhood where they had homesteaded in the late 1700s near High Point, N.C. After years of researching and reading about them, I wanted to see where they had lived, so we made the short drive from Winston-Salem towards High Point, N.C., to the community of Abbotts Creek.

Here’s a 1780 North Carolina map with the area surrounding Abbotts Creek

Rowan Co 1780 map

And here’s what it looks like today as you drive through the neighborhood…beautiful farm land!

Abbotts Creek wheat field

We headed to the Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church and cemetery to find some Clinard relatives… the brick church building itself isn’t that old, but the families have been worshipping and burying their loved ones here since 1756.

Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church

AC Prim Baptist Ceme Natl Reg marker

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery far view

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery from below

The intricately carved headstones were lovingly carved by a highly skilled stone mason – I’ve never seen any as beautiful as these. They are works of art in themselves. I was contacted in October 2017 by Hazel Evert Inglis, who had read my blog and saw where I had noted I wished I knew who had created these amazing headstones. In her family research, she had discovered many ancestors buried in the cemetery, and talked to Rev. Roy Cantrell when she visited the cemetery.

Here are several links she provided  to me on the origins of the headstones. This cemetery is historically significant in North Carolina for the intricate designs of the headstones. Follow these links to learn the history of the headstones, those known to be buried here, and the connection with the local cabinetmaking family the Clodfelters/Gladfelters whose outstanding work is featured in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) collection today.

Here’s Philip Mock, born in 1784, died in 1824, in the “pierced” headstone style.

AC Prim Baptist, Philip Mock, 1784-1822

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery headstones 2

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery headstones

Mom practicing her cemetery “dowsing” skills. As she walks over a grave, the stick will bend down to indicate a hollowness below. She can also find underground water sources doing this. This is a useful special skill for the keepers of old cemeteries, so they know where unmarked graves are and don’t dig them up when digging new graves.

AC Prim Baptist, Carol dowsing

AC Prim Baptist, Charles Clinard, 1794-1862

AC Prim Baptist, Clinard tombstone

AC Prim Baptist, decorative cut headstones

AC Prim Baptist, headstones and flowers

AC Prim Baptist, John H. Clinard, 1868

AC Prim Baptist, Peter A Clinard 1834?-1836

AC Prim Baptist, Sarah Clinard, 1795, wife of Charles

AC Prim Baptist, Sarah Eliza Clinard

AC Primitive Baptist Natl Reg marker,

Across the street is a bigger church, the Mission Baptist Church and Cemetery, where more relatives are interred.

AC Mission Bap church, ceme

AC Mission Bap, church, ceme

This was active territory during the American Revolution and the troop movements are mentioned many times in the Moravian Records.

AC Mission Bap, Rev War marker

AC Mission Bap Cemetery, dogwood

AC Mission Bap, DB Clinard 1845-1923

AC Mission Bap, Emma Clinard Payne 1866-1950

AC Mission Bap, Mary Clinard 1904?

AC Mission Bap, Spurgeon & Clinard headstones

AC Mission Bap, William Clinard 1822?-1877

AC Mission Bap, Wm Rowan Clinard, 185?-1899

I’m sure there are many more relatives I didn’t photograph, but our time was limited.

As we had been driving down Abbotts Creek Church Road, I noticed a Clinard Oil sign and stopped in at the house next door to inquire where I might find some cousins (I was feeling adventurous that day). It so happened that we had found the home of Charlie Jack Clinard.

He only knew a few generations back and didn’t have any old pictures, but one of our Clinard cousins, Elizabeth Hayworth, who lives in the area, knew his family history and helped me out.

According to Elizabeth, “He is descended from Johann Philip Kleinert/Clinard to Jacob Clinard to  Andrew D. Clinard, Sr. and Lydia Brown. Her father was Ezekiel Brown, but we don’t know her mother’s name, even though there’s an Ezekiel Brown Bible for records.

Their son Hiram Fletcher Clinard 1845-1912 and wife Desdemona Charles
Their son Edward Jackson Clinard and wife Josie Craven
Their son Raymond Edgar Clinard 1897-1954 and wife Mary Spurgeon”
Then today’s Charlie Jack Clinard…

Jack Clinard in chair, Abbotts Creek, NC

This was his “Grandpappy’s” chair that had been handed down to him.

Jack Clinard's antique chair

Here is a photo that is on of Andrew D. Clinard Sr., 1793-1877. This would be Charlie Jack Clinard’s great-great grandfather.

Andrew D. Clinard Sr.Jack’s son Kelly lives in the old Spurgeon House just a few house’s past Jack and Laura’s on Abbotts Creek Road on the left. He told me “It was built in 1847 by slaves.” The old spring house sits on the hill below and the house “front” faced out over it.

The Spurgeon house built in 1847.

Spurgeon house front view

spurgeon house side view

Spurgeon house spring house

Spurgeon house view to spring house

Spurgeon house back view

Spurgeon house cut stone, wellhouse

Here are some of the neighbors, along with our Clinards and associated families on the 1700s tax lists that cousin Rick Russell found in his research, along with an 1808 map.

1778 Rowan Co, NC Tax List, Clinard

Clinard 1798 Rowan Co Tax List, Capt Harmon

Abbotts Creek is in the top right corner of the map.

1808 Davidson Co, NC map

Here’s some background history on the community and families of Abbotts Creek from the book Davidson County, North Carolina. Cousin Rick Russell had made copies of the pages about Abbotts Creek and it has lots of great information.

And a final map of the area when it was later known as “Brown Town”. Abbotts Creek Church is noted in the bottom right corner. Not sure of the source of this map – it was among Rick Russell’s research copies.

Browntown:Abbotts Creek, 1842 map

That’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed your visit with our North Carolina cousins!

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6 thoughts on “Clinards & Cemeteries, 1700s in Abbotts Creek, N.C.

  1. Gloria Proctor

    Wow thanks for sharing all your hard with us! Great pictures

  2. Joseph Hiram Clinard Jr.

    Very interesting and helpful in our quest to identify our predecessors. We’ve been trying to connect all the dots for some time. I’m related to the son of Hiram Fletcher named Andrew Clarkson who was my grandfather.

  3. Terri Politi

    Hi Busy Bee Traveler,
    Great blog on your family history! I, too, have many ancestors buried in the Abbott’s Creek Primitive Cemetery. I noticed that you had mentioned an Elizabeth Hayworth who lives in the area. My grandmother was a Hayworth and I always love connecting with other family members. You don’t by chance have an email for her, do you? Or if you do, if you could give her mine to connect? Thank you so much! Terri Politi

  4. Lynn Sharpe

    My great grandfather Charlie N Brown is buried at Abbotts Creek Missionary Church cemetary. He was born 7/2/1865 and he died 2/281946. In looking at the Browntown map there are several Browns, Jo, Bette, Jackson Brown and also Brown Blacksmith, John Brown Shoe Shop and Brown’s Shoe Shop. My great grandfather had lived in Winston-Salem around 1900 and he had a jewlery store on Trade Street. When he retired he and his wife Roxie came back to live in the area and were buried there. I do not know his father’s or mother’s name. I believe some of the above Browns were his family. Does anyone have any family history on the Brown families of Browntown?

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